Graphic Form Project 2a: LOCALE
Creative Process Journal:
Graphic Form Project 2a: LOCALE
Creative Process Journal:
Graphic Form Project 1: IMAGE MAKING THROUGH TYPE
Creative Process Journal: https://oss.adm.ntu.edu.sg/mchai003/graphic-form-project-1-image-making-through-type/
When we were first briefed about our first assignment and how it was coming out with nonsensical jobs, I was honestly quite excited and came out with a list of jobs that I thought was interesting.
From here I tried to do up some sketches of how the entire design of the typography would look. Honestly, I got quite(very) confused about the entire concept of not bending the elements to fit the letters themselves. But some of the designs that I thought was bending were actually acceptable. Took me awhile to get it. Or did I really? Anyway, these are the final outcome and process of my 4 nonsensical future jobs expressed using type.
First job: Skittles Sorter
The first thing that comes to mind when I think about sorter would definitely be conveyor belts and mechanical hands that we usually see in factories.
As seen from my initial sketch, I didn’t quite catch the idea therefore actually went to arrange the various elements into the font. but luckily I was corrected before I moved on to continue it digitally. After the consultation, I kinda got a rough idea of what I did wrong. The font should be prioritised first and it should look like a font.
The font I chose is a font called “Slab Serif”. Unfortunately, it’s a paid font so I had to trace over the font sample that they provided on the website. Thank goodness this design only had 2 letters.
So on my first attempt I tried to create a skittle that didn’t look too flat? Although the style I was going for on the conveyor belt is a vector style but I think it would look weird with just circles with a letter s on it. I tried 2 different styles for the letter S and decided the latter looked better. After getting some feedback from Shirley and friends, I decided to add some shadows on the conveyor belt and to make the skittles smaller, at the same time arrange them so that they look like they are sorted within the text itself.
And another half done attempt at the design and I gave up halfway.
Then I ended with something like this. Tried to overlap the skittles so it doesn’t look as static. Even by adding the sprinkle of skittles on the left bottom corner, it still felt very empty. That’s when I thought maybe I could try adding some packets of skittles. I was hoping the skittles at the bottom left would have the effect of leading the eye to the initials.
Second Job: Bubblewrap Popper
The elements in this job is kinda straight forward I think, bubblewrap and something to pop it, be it a needle or something sharp.
Initially I was actually thinking towards a comic style somehow. And by using the background, I could show the popping element. (which I after found out was not a wise thing to do since we needed to express the elements in the font itself)
For the first try, I used an online tutorial to create the bubble wrap texture using the blending modes on Photoshop. The results were okay and I went on to think about the popper element. I had troubles trying to incorporate needles into the font itself and I wondered if I could add a finger instead. Since we usually pop bubble wraps by squeezing them with our fingers. I tried a few placements of the finger on the letters I decided that I should risk having any elements sticking out of the font itself. I also decided to split it into 2 lanes so that the letters could be overall bigger.
After getting some feedback, we decided that a pushpin would better express the idea of popping rather than a finger.
Third job: Gummy Amputator
Initial idea was a Gummy Bear Amputator but because of the additional parts I wanted to add onto the letters to make it a bear, we decided to just swap careers and be a Gummy Amputator instead.
To create the gummy texture, I quickly realised it’s impossible for me to paint it digitally so I went to a software that I knew I could recreate it with a lesser time. Autodesk Maya
First tryout with the material preset
Feedback: The material feels more like jelly rather than gummy. The feeling of amputator isn’t exactly there. Might help to add some bones inside maybe?
After all the modelling and material for the gummy and the bones are done, I figured it would help by adding a scalpel into the scene to give the feeling of being amputated. Then I moved on to lighting the scene to make it look like one of the scenes from Shrek, whereby gingerbread man was held captive at the table at Lord Farquaad’s castle.
Final Composition of passes
Fourth job: Underwater Farmer
This was definitely the one that I faced the most problem with with countless times of redoing and re-testing and finding new ways to achieve the results I have in my head.
So I started out being a little confident and excited about this since I thought I had something after my first try.
UNTIL I realised I had to trace out every single face of the letter, even the ones behind since water was transparent. That’s when I started a whole lot of testing in Photoshop, Illustrator and Maya. (tho I didn’t want to use Maya for this composition)
Some of the failed attempts: (there were probably like 4 times the number of tryouts here)
Transparency on Photoshop 3D extrusion didn’t work well and the 3D function in Illustrator didn’t have the transparency option and I didn’t want to model all the elements in 3D in Maya. T-T
I even gave up at a point in time and decided maybe I should just do a flat version of it. But I really really didn’t like how it looked so I went back to all sorts of testing.
THEN finally I figured a way of working around the both the softwares. I first created the letters in illustrator without transparency, then I brought it over to photoshop to overlay the textures and adjusted the opacity is make it look like water.
Overall, I found this assignment really interesting and fun. The fact that we had to choose nonsensical jobs meant that we really had to communicate solely through the elements in the font itself. Although I was very confused during the first 2 weeks, I think I got a hang of the aim of the project. I stayed true to the font and stopped myself from adding any addition stuff outside of the letter itself. I also managed to learn abit of Illustrator which I found to be quite useful.
Journal Entry 1 – Day 1
IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER
– GOAL: Escape out of this place
– Limited candle bits, use sparingly (7, now 6 left)
– DO NOT burn or cut the strings (until it’s time)
– Clear all traces after the end of everyday
– You are being watched during the day
– DO NOT GET CAUGHT NO MATTER WHAT
Today has been a crazy day. I don’t know how long will this candle last me but I’m gonna try my best to note down everything before a new day starts and my memory resets, or so mentioned in the note from them. To summarise, I woke up this morning alone in a forest with a note beside me, supposedly from a friend (maybe?) that was previously with me. I’m not too sure myself as I don’t seem to have any memories from before I woke up. Writing this down is supposedly gonna help me record down my progress and remind me every morning about what is to come.
The note mentions that I’m the last one of the seven that was originally here together. I should also mention there’s 6 of these journal entries, similar to what I’m writing now, that comes with this note that is dedicated to me. In each of those journals, only 7 days were recorded, whether they made it out or not. Out of where precisely, I’m not sure. But I’m guessing, 7 days the maximum time I have to figure things out. I have never questioned nor realised the strings on my arms and legs but the note tells me to never burn or cut any of these strings, until it’s time. I can’t see the end of the strings but they seem to be attached to somewhere high up in sky.
The note also mentions that now that I have “wakened up”, I mustn’t act out of the norm to spark the suspicions them, whoever that might be. Since I was awakened, I’m starting to take notice of my surroundings. A factory can be seen from afar that seems to be operating 24/7, judging from the constant smoke from its chimneys. Apparently, before any one of us awakened, everyone were all mindlessly harvesting a 7 legged shiny blue insect that can only be found at least 3 feet underground, for whom I’m not sure. Today, whilst wandering around, I saw others that were like me but they were just mindlessly digging with soulless eyes, none of them talked or interacted with each other. The note specifically warned me to not get in contact or talk to anybody else I see as waking other people and working in a group could spark the suspicions of the people up there. At sunset, a loud bell was sounded and a bright light is lit up from the top of the factory like a lighthouse, and everyone would start walking towards the factory. It’s almost like they were all hypnotised by the light. That is when everyone would gather and deposit their loots for the day into the factory and return to where they were last digging. It’s then when all lights will go out and everything turns pitch black.
As said from the note, we were a division that consisted of 7 of us that’s in charge of searching the north-east area, which is the area furthest from the factory; until one day, one of us was somehow awakened (lets call him 1 for now) and discovered a way out of this place. No one knows what lies beyond this world that we know of, but 1 managed to figure it out and when he escaped, he passed on the information to the next person.
Today has been an absolutely sensory overload day, I don’t know how long has passed since the last person left and if all of these is true. I guess I can only take this one step at a time and see where all of these gets me. If whatever they said was true, I would most likely not remember everything that has happened today and would have to rely on this journal of mine to remind myself about what’s happening. The candle is almost burnt out, I’m going to list some final stuff down before it gets too dark to see anything at all.
EXTRA NOTES TO THE TOMORROW ME
– Some big foot markings were spotted on the mud today, don’t know what they were, not mentioned in note
– Search for some kind of map in past journals that states the possible location of the exit
– Use the night time wisely as I only have the time of a candle to provide light at night
– Use the night time to read up on past journals and record down all findings
Photo Credit: https://www.shutterstock.com/video/clip-9726302-time-lapse-letter-being-hand-written-fountain-pen
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